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Rachel Renae Laborde

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cedar Rapids, IA

4.7   10 reviews

also known as Rachel R. Laborde, Rachel R. Craig

  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 2 years
    Wisconsin - WI 9 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2021
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2014
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rachel

Learn Rachel’s areas of practice.

Attorney Rachel Laborde obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Marquette University and subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. Attorney Laborde focuses her practice in Divorce and Family Law, where she excels in negotiating, mediating and litigating cases involving paternity, custody, physical placement, child support, maintenance, divorce, legal separation and post-judgment modifications.  She is committed to delivering a client-centered, problem-solving approach where she consistently strives to reach results that provides the greatest value and long-term benefits to clients. She is confident that most cases can be resolved in a quick and cordial fashion, but Attorney Laborde is prepared to litigate with unwavering fervor should a mutually agreeable solution be out of reach.

Attorney Laborde is also a Certified Collaborative Family Law Lawyer.  Collaborative family law practice is a unique, reasonable approach to handling a divorce or other family law matter, founded on three core principles: a written pledge not to fight in court, and withdrawal of the hired professionals if either party chooses to fight in court, open communication between the parties with an honest and good faith exchange of information, and negotiations leading to a mutually acceptable settlement that takes into account the highest priorities of all family members. The collaborative approach works with a team mindset; you and the other party, along with your attorneys, use the skills of mental health and financial specialists to maximize positive outcomes for the family. In addition to divorce, you can use the collaborative process in other family law matters such as paternity, annulment, legal separation, pre-marital agreements, post-nuptial agreements, non-marital relationships and same-sex relationships. The issues addressed in collaborative cases are the same ones addressed in traditional litigation cases: child custody and placement, property valuation and division, child support, maintenance (alimony), taxes, and insurance.


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Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
115 3rd Street Southeast
Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401

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4.7 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience amazing outcome
My case was quite unique and difficult. Not only did Rachel Laborde represent me legally, but was compassionate and supportive through all of the ups and downs I encountered. I can't thank her and the staff enough for what they have done for me. I am impressed with the way professionalism was maintained while supporting me emotionally. I would recommend Rachel to anybody who needs help through a difficult situation. As far as I'm concerned, she is absolutely the best.
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Posted by Shawn | June 22, 2015
HIghly Recommended
Detailed, candid and professional. I personally appreciated the very specific information on what to expect and what not to expect as well as what was realistic. Attorney Craig did her homework and keep me informed. Should I have a future legal need she will be on the top of my list.
Posted by Julie | May 21, 2015
Extremely Satisfied
Rachel was very professional and never pushed me to do anything I didn't want to do. She knew what she was doing and quickly did research for my unique situation. Having to go through a divorce is hard enough but having one party in another country where the laws are different was worse. She made the process go smoothly and kept me up to date every step of the way. All my questions were answered quickly and all voicemail messages were answered within 24 hours. Nothing but positive things to say about her. Would highly recommend her to anyone, especially with unique cases like mine.
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Posted by Ann Taylor | March 10, 2015
Chouldn't do it without her
As messy as the divorce process is Rachel made it as easy as could be. She always kept me informed and let me know of certain situation that could arise. She was very honest and made sure that I was comfortable with every situation. She knew exactly how to handle, what seemed like, every situation. I couldnt have got through the process without her. Absolutely fantastic.
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Posted by Ron | March 10, 2015
Dedicated advocate
I have worked with Attorney Craig on several issues over the years, even while she was still attending Marquette Law School and working as an intern, her attention to detail and diligence on behalf of her clients was always the priority. She makes a superb advocate for whomever she is representing.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Great attorney!
Rachel was an outstanding attorney throughout my child custody and support case. She was incredibly prepared and always ready and willing to answer my questions. It was a long case but Rachel fought hard for what was best for me and my son throughout the whole process. I am grateful for her dedication and legal support. I would recommend Attorney Craig in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Beth | January 21, 2015
Best Attorney I have ever had.
Attorney Craig was a god send for me when I needed it most. She treated me like a person not a client by explaining difficult legal terms in a straightforward manner. She told me what to expect at hearings and handled all aspects of my case so that I could focus on my children during a difficult divorce. I have dealt with other attorneys in the past, she by far, is the best I have ever had. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2015
Cares about clients
Attorney Craig was very knowledgeable throughout my case. I would recommend her to anyone with a family law issue. She helped with my divorce and was able to help me get what was best for myself and my children. She was always thinking about the long term consequences of the legal choices.
Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2014
Called back on a Sunday
While the reason for my need of an attorney (divorce) is emotional, Attorney Craig has been very kind, and a pleasure to go through this with. She is patient with me, and she always gives me time to think of and ask more questions when we meet or speak on the phone. I had sent an email on a Saturday and she called me back on Sunday! Attorney Craig is very organized and detail oriented. Every meeting, including the first hearing with my husband and the Commissioner, she was calm and confident which helped my nerves and anxiety remain calm and confident. The office is very friendly as well. Again, the reason is unfortunate, but the experience with Attorney Craig really has been excellent.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Makes clients' feel unitelligent........
Met with Rachel, who I do agree is a very fierce individual, for a consultation regarding child custody. I am well educated as I hold two degrees however my husband is not and has learning disabilities. She made my husband feel very inadequate. No one should make a person feel in such a way. My husband utilized the office multiplying times in the past and this was the first unpleasant experience he had. Rachel should learn to display more compassion and empathy for her clients. It's not always about the monetary amount.......
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-315 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Cottle | Pasquale | Laborde s.c.
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Legal Intern
  • WI Family Assistance Center for Education Training & Support ( WI FACETS)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates, S.C.
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Corporate Team Law Clerk
  • Grzeca Law Group, S.C.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Graduate Assistant and Mediation Supervisor
  • Marquette Law School Mediation Clinic
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Klatt, Odekirk, Augustine, Sayer, Treinen & Rastede P.C.
  • 2012 - 2013
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  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Marquette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011


  • Lakeshore Community Health Care
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sheboygan Women in Management
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Mentorship Committee (YLD and Leadership Development Committee)
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Leadership Conference (YLD)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Leadership Development Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sheboygan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Leadership Development Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Public Outreach Committee (YLD)
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Association for Women in Law
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Firm in Sheboygan County
  • The Sheboygan Press
  • 2019
  • 2015 Leadership Development Summit Nominee and Participant
  • State Bar of Wisconsin’s Leadership Development Committee
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 1st Place Advocacy (Team)
  • Great Lakes Regional Mediation Competition
  • 2014
  • CALI Interviewing and Counseling
  • CALI Excellence for Future Award
  • 2014
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2014
  • Certified Collaborative Family Law Attorney
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Wisconsin Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (61)
Endorse Rachel
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Laborde is a strong and knowledgeable advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well respected in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Craig is a great human being who cares about her clients and an outstanding advocate. She truly excels at finding creative ways to advance her clients' goals and she is an exceptional negotiator. Because the vast majority of divorce and family law cases result in agreements before trial, Attorney Craig's clients have been extremely well served by her unique skill set and consistently receive outstanding outcomes. Her results speak for themselves. For all these reasons, I highly recommend Attorney Craig for anyone seeking a highly skilled and knowledgeable divorce and family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Rachel Craig. She is a fierce and knowledgeable attorney who is dedicated to her client's best interest."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Craig is highly respected in the community and I recommend her to take care of your legal needs."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rachel without reservation. She has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and has the skills of a superb litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rachel. She is well respected among fellow lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Craig is a respected lawyer in her field. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and knows her way around a courtroom and/or settlement table."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachel was a student of mine in the Mediation Advocacy Workshop at Marquette University. She was always attentive, diligent and professional in her approach to class, projects, written work and client - attorney simulations. I would not hesitate to send my own family or friends to work with Rachel! You will be in good hands."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Attorney Craig to be compassionate person and an excellent advocate. I once had an opportunity back in law school to square off against Attorney Craig in practice negotiations and I know her to be a powerful and convincing advocate in negotiations. I'm glad to have had this experience in the safety of an educational environment because I'd be quite concerned if I had to face against Attorney Craig with my own client's interests on the line."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and the remarkable work that gets done for clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel is an extremely caring and compassionate family law attorney who will stop at nothing less than achieving the best results for her clients. I highly recommend Attorney Craig."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Craig has impressive skills not only as a litigator, but also interpersonally as a collaborative practitioner. Her knowledge of the law and compassion towards her clients make her an admirable attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Craig is a dedicated family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Craig is a dedicated and experienced attorney who is well-respected in her field."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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